Mortise chisel setup


Meatwad

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I wanted to ask you guys and girls that use a mortise chisels, are your chisels square all the way around? I thought they were supposed to be. Like a perfect rectangular piece of steel. I'm asking because I decided to buy some Narex mortise chisels after hearing good feedback on them. So far they've been good to use but I noticed today that they are not square. But this appears to be intentional because all of them are off to the same degree.

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They need to have some relief angle or else they’ll be a pain to use and tear up the inside of the mortise. They are much bigger and beefier to hold up to the heavier blows and prying out chips, but you don’t really want the sides to be in contact with the inside of the mortise. 

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